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30th Annual Latin American Film Series, 2008

Presented by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UWM Union Programming, Union Theatre and The Department of Film.

April 4-12, 2008

UWM Union Theatre
2200 East Kenwood Boulevard
Free Admission

All films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles
Films are not rated; many include adult content.

The series is co-sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, the Center for International Education, the Center for Women's Studies, the Cultures and Communities Program, the Women's Resource Center, the Departments of Africology, Anthropology, Art History, English as a Second Language, Honors College, MAFLL, Spanish and Portuguese, the Urban Studies Program, the Multicultural Student Center, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate Program. Special thanks to Anya Grahn and Lacey Severson for their assistance in programming the series. In collaboration with the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Friday, April 4

Argentina, 2007, 86 min
Directed by Lucía Puenzo

Alex is a 15-year-old teenager with a secret. Soon after her birth her parents decide to leave Buenos Aires to make a home out of an isolated wooden cabin tucked away in the dunes of the Uruguayan shoreline. Unknown to many, some babies are born with a condition known as genital ambiguity. XXY is the story of the difficult and transforming moment when a teenager comes to term with her identity. View Trailer

Saturday, April 5

Co-presented with the UWM Women's Resource Center and in collaboration with the Chicago Latino Film Festival
Qué Tan Lejos (How Much Further)
Ecuador, 2006, 92 min
Directed by Tania Hermida

Esperanza, an adventurous Spanish tourist, and Tristeza, a cynical Ecuadorian student, meet when a bus strike leaves them stranded somewhere in Ecuador. Director Hermida writes that as an "independent filmmaker I aspire to develop projects that propose new views on my country and culture, films that escape the conventions of so called Third World Cinema by surpassing the limits of clichéd folklore tales, picturesque postcard anecdotes, or fantastic poverty stories." View Trailer

Sunday, April 6

Nordeste (Northeast)
Argentina, 2005, 104 min
Directed by Juan Solanas

At age 43, Helene's desire to be a mother takes her from Paris to the most remote part of Argentina, searching for a child to adopt. There she discovers the Nordeste, a wild region where the astonishing beauty of the countryside violently contrasts with the social injustice that prevails there. Aware that she could benefit from the local poverty, Helene encounters the corruption that makes illegal adoption and child trafficking possible. As she meets people and gets closer to them, Helene must question her own doubts and desires. View Trailer

A Dios Momo (Goodbye Momo)
Uruguay, 2005, 100 min
Directed by Leonardo Ricagni

Obdulio is an illiterate 11-year-old Afro-Uruguayan street boy who lives with his grandmother and sells newspapers for a living. He is not interested in going to school until he finds out that the newspaper's night watchman is a charismatic, magical "Maestro" who not only introduces him to the world of literacy, but also teaches him about life during the mythical nights of the irreverent and provocative Uruguayan carnival. View Trailer

Monday, April 7

¿Quién Mató a la Llamita Blanca? (Who Killed the White Llama?)
Bolivia, 2006, 112 min
Directed by Rodrigo Bellot

Social commentary and broad comedy define Who Killed the White Llama?, a huge box office hit in its native Bolivia. Jacinto and Domitila are happily married and wanted criminals, hired to transport fifty kilos of cocaine to the Brazilian border. Their journey encounters corruption, poverty, and the many harsh realities of Bolivian daily life. View Trailer

Tuesday, April 8

In collaboration with the Chicago Latino Film Festival
Mexico, 2007, 87 min
Directed by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán
In Tarahumara with subtitles

Set in the Sierra Tarahumara of northwest Mexico, Cochochi tells of a traditional indigenous culture surviving in a rapidly changing world. Evaristo and Tony have just graduated from elementary school. Though Evaristo is the one enjoying school, it is his brother Tony who receives a scholarship to continue his studies. Instead, Tony prefers to return to work on the family ranch. Sent by their grandfather to deliver medicine to another village, the boys borrow his horse without permission. They lose the horse and each other en route, leading to separate adventures. View Trailer

Tigre de Papel (A Paper Tiger)
Colombia, 2007, 114 min

Pedro Manrique Figueroa, a pioneer of collage in Colombia, has never had a biographer for a very simple reason: his life is like an adventure novel that is both incomplete and contradictory. Taking Manrique Figueroa's life and work as a pretext, this film takes the viewer on a journey through history from the year 1934 up until 1981, when the artist mysteriously disappeared. A Paper Tiger is itself a collage, where art and politics rub shoulders, where truth and lies are placed side by side, where documentary and fiction intermingle. View Trailer

Wednesday, April 9

Co-presented with the UWM Women’s Resource Center and in collaboration with the Chicago Latino Film Festival
Eréndira Ikikunari
Mexico, 2006, 107 min
Directed by Juan Mora Catlett
In the Purépecha language with subtitles

Eréndira Ikikunari is a beautifully shot action film that recreates the sixteenth century legend of Eréndira, a young Purépecha woman who became an icon of bravery during the destruction of indigenous Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. In the face of the invasion, Eréndira steals and learns to ride a horse against the Spanish, winning the respect of her tribal leaders. Along her amazing journey, she becomes a symbol of strength and resistance within her culture. View Trailer

Co-presented with the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Certificate Program
The Price of Sugar
USA, 2007, 90 min

In the Dominican Republic, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians toil under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by Paul Newman, The Price of Sugar follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced. View Trailer

Thursday, April 10

Mariposa Negra (Black Butterfly)
Peru, 2006, 118 min
Directed by Francisco J. Lombardi

Gabriela, a teacher, is on a field trip with her students when she learns of the murder of her fiancé, a well-respected judge. When a tabloid publishes a trashy story about the murder, Gabriela finds and confronts the muckraking journalist, Angela. They form an unlikely alliance to investigate, as Gabriela suspects political motivations behind her fiance's murder. The pair's journey into Peru's political heart leads Gabriela to the realization that she's capable of anything in her quest for revenge. Based upon a novel by Peruvian writer Alonso Cueto. View Trailer

Friday, April 11

A Casa de Alice (Alice's House)
Brazil, 2007, 100 min
Directed by Chico Teixeira

Alice is in her forties and works as a manicurist in a beauty salon. She lives in São Paulo, sharing an apartment with her mother, her husband Lindomar, and their three sons. After twenty years of marriage, neither Lindomar nor Alice expects much from each other. The taxi-driver saves his sexual impulses for his affairs, and Alice pretends not to acknowledge her husband's infidelities. Enter Nilson, Alice's old boyfriend from adolescence. Alice sees in him the possibility to realize her romantic dreams, changing the course of her love life and finances. View Trailer

Saturday, April 12

El Benny
Cuba, 2006, 132 min
Directed by Jorge Luis Sánchez

Benny Moré grew up poor in central Cuba and never had any formal musical training, yet he became a legend of Cuban music. Set during the 1940s and 1950s, Moré's fame builds as a singer and bandleader, as do his struggles with drinking, eventually leading to his untimely death at the age of 43. The soundtrack was performed by several contemporary musicians including Chucho Valdes, Juan Formell, Haila and Orishas. El Benny was Cuba's entry for the 2006 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category, and winner of Best Film, Cartagena Film Festival. View Trailer

Co-presented with the Milwaukee International Film Festival
El Camino de San Diego (The Road to San Diego)
Argentina, 2006, 94 min
Directed by Carlos Sorín

Tati is poor, unemployed, and perhaps the biggest fan of soccer star, Diego Maradona, in all of Argentina. One day, Tati finds a tree root that looks just like his idol (though not everyone can see the resemblance). When Maradona falls ill, Tati heads for Buenos Aires, to deliver the root. As the nation prays for Diego, Tati travels and makes friends along the way, as if touched by the grace of his mission. Sorín (Director of Intimate Stories and Bombón el Perro) builds his film around many non-professional actors, resulting in a simple road movie about a man following his dream. View Trailer

For more information, please call the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at (414) 229-5986.

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